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Minds and mental phenomena: An introduction
This unit examines the philosophical questions surrounding the mind. You will examine...
This unit examines the philosophical questions surrounding the mind. You will examine how beliefs have changed over the centuries and be able to contrast the views of Descartes with more modern ideas.
By the end of this unit you should:
- be able to discuss basic philosophical questions concerning the mind;
- have enhanced your ability to understand problems concerning the mind and mental phenomena and to discuss them in a philosophical way.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 The quick and the dead – the minded and the non-minded
- 2 Kinds of minds
- 3 Varieties of mental phenomena
- 4 The attitudinal and the experiential
- 5 Dispositions versus occurrences
- 6 The relations among mental phenomena
- 7 Summary
- Further reading
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Minds and mental phenomena: An introduction
This unit introduces some philosophical questions concerning the nature of the mind and mental phenomena, such as thoughts, perceptions and emotions. The unit considers what is involved in having a mind, whether there are different kinds of minds, and whether there is some characteristic that is shared by all mental phenomena.
This free course is an adapted extract from the Open University course AA308 Thought and experience: themes in the philosophy of mind, which is no longer taught by the University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this
This is an extract from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Philosophy courses or view the range of currently available OU Philosophy courses.
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Originally published: Thursday, 23rd June 2011
Last updated on: Friday, 11th May 2012
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